Tuesday, March 10, 2009

UN Committee Accuses Iran of Violating Arms Embargo

A U.N. committee accused Iran on Tuesday of violating a U.N. ban on importing or exporting arms by trying to ship weapons-related material in a vessel that was seized by authorities in Cyprus.

Some diplomats believe the material may have been bound for Lebanon or Gaza.

Japan's U.N. Ambassador Yukio Takasu, chairman of the Iran sanctions committee, told the U.N. Security Council the shipment of conventional weaponry constituted a "violation" of Security Council resolution 1737, passed in 2006 to put pressure on Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment program.

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